Why was clemency trending last week?


[ej-ing] /ˈɛdʒ ɪŋ/
something that forms or is placed along an edge or border.
Skiing. the tilting of a ski to the side so that one edge cuts into the snow.
Origin of edging
1550-60; edge + -ing1
Related forms
edgingly, adverb


[ej] /ɛdʒ/
a line or border at which a surface terminates:
Grass grew along the edges of the road. The paper had deckle edges.
a brink or verge:
the edge of a cliff; the edge of disaster.
any of the narrow surfaces of a thin, flat object:
a book with gilt edges.
a line at which two surfaces of a solid object meet:
an edge of a box.
the thin, sharp side of the blade of a cutting instrument or weapon.
the sharpness proper to a blade:
The knife has lost its edge.
sharpness or keenness of language, argument, tone of voice, appetite, desire, etc.:
The snack took the edge off his hunger. Her voice had an edge to it.
British Dialect. a hill or cliff.
an improved position; advantage:
He gained the edge on his opponent.
  1. advantage, especially the advantage gained by being the age or eldest hand.
  2. eldest hand.
Ice Skating. one of the two edges of a skate blade where the sides meet the bottom surface, made sharp by carving a groove on the bottom.
Skiing. one of the two edges on the bottom of a ski that is angled into a slope when making a turn.
verb (used with object), edged, edging.
to put an edge on; sharpen.
to provide with an edge or border:
to edge a terrace with shrubbery; to edge a skirt with lace.
to make or force (one's way) gradually by moving sideways.
  1. to turn (a piece to be rolled) onto its edge.
  2. to roll (a piece set on edge).
  3. to give (a piece) a desired width by passing between vertical rolls.
  4. to rough (a piece being forged) so that the bulk is properly distributed for final forging.
verb (used without object), edged, edging.
to move sideways:
to edge through a crowd.
to advance gradually or cautiously:
a car edging up to a curb.
Verb phrases
edge in, to insert or work in or into, especially in a limited period of time:
Can you edge in your suggestion before they close the discussion?
edge out, to defeat (rivals or opponents) by a small margin:
The home team edged out the visitors in an exciting finish.
have an edge on, Informal. to be mildly intoxicated with alcoholic liquor:
He had a pleasant edge on from the sherry.
on edge,
  1. (of a person or a person's nerves) acutely sensitive; nervous; tense.
  2. impatient; eager:
    The contestants were on edge to learn the results.
set one's teeth on edge. tooth (def 21).
before 1000; Middle English egge, Old English ecg; cognate with German Ecke corner; akin to Latin aciēs, Greek akís point
Related forms
edgeless, adjective
outedge, verb (used with object), outedged, outedging.
underedge, noun
unedge, verb (used with object), unedged, unedging.
1. rim, lip. Edge, border, margin refer to a boundary. An edge is the boundary line of a surface or plane: the edge of a table. Border is the boundary of a surface or the strip adjacent to it, inside or out: a border of lace. Margin is a limited strip, generally unoccupied, at the extremity of an area: the margin of a page. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for edging
  • White, crescent-shaped beaches edging emerald coves.
  • Supplement existing plants, such as the azaleas and ferns pictured above, with an edging of white cyclamen.
  • We had success hiding the less-than-lovely edging by planting the ground around it.
  • Rough, board-formed concrete echoes the wood used throughout the house and provides a foil for the smooth steel edging.
  • They planted bank-stabilizing alders and a layered shrub edging to cool and clean the water.
  • One lab, though, seems to be edging ever closer to this more impressive aim.
  • Use pallet stringers to create landscape edging instead of purchasing wood or plastic edging.
  • Distinct yellow edging to flight feathers and tail, conspicuous in flight and on folded wing.
  • Wings coverts, primaries, and secondaries are uniformly brownish gray without edging visible in adults.
  • edging it is a beach big enough for a party-and it's probably seen a few.
British Dictionary definitions for edging


anything placed along an edge to finish it, esp as an ornament, fringe, or border on clothing or along a path in a garden
the act of making an edge
relating to or used for making an edge: edging shears


the border, brim, or margin of a surface, object, etc
a brink or verge: the edge of a cliff, the edge of a breakthrough
  1. a line along which two faces or surfaces of a solid meet
  2. a line joining two vertices of a graph
the sharp cutting side of a blade
keenness, sharpness, or urgency: the walk gave an edge to his appetite
force, effectiveness, or incisiveness: the performance lacked edge
  1. a cliff, ridge, or hillside
  2. (capital) (in place names): Hade Edge
have the edge on, have the edge over, to have a slight advantage or superiority (over)
on edge
  1. nervously irritable; tense
  2. nervously excited or eager
set someone's teeth on edge, to make someone acutely irritated or uncomfortable
(transitive) to provide an edge or border for
(transitive) to shape or trim (the edge or border of something), as with a knife or scissors: to edge a pie
to push (one's way, someone, something, etc) gradually, esp edgeways
(transitive) (cricket) to hit (a bowled ball) with the edge of the bat
(transitive) to tilt (a ski) sideways so that one edge digs into the snow
(transitive) to sharpen (a knife, etc)
Derived Forms
edgeless, adjective
edger, noun
Word Origin
Old English ecg; related to Old Norse egg, Old High German ecka edge, Latin aciēs sharpness, Greek akis point
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for edging

1570s, "the putting of a border," verbal noun from edge (v.). Meaning "a border" is from 1660s; that of "the trimming of lawn edges" is from 1858.



Old English ecg "corner, edge, point," also "sword" (cf. ecgplega, literally "edge play," ecghete, literally "edge hate," both used poetically for "battle"), from Proto-Germanic *agjo (cf. Old Frisian egg "edge;" Old Saxon eggia "point, edge;" Middle Dutch egghe, Dutch eg; Old Norse egg, see egg (v.); Old High German ecka, German Eck "corner"), from PIE root *ak- "sharp, pointed" (cf. Sanskrit asrih "edge," Latin acies, Greek akis "point;" see acrid).

Spelling development of Old English -cg to Middle English -gg to Modern English -dge represents a widespread shift in pronunciation. To get the edge on (someone) is U.S. colloquial, first recorded 1911. Edge city is from Joel Garreau's 1992 book of that name. Razor's edge as a perilous narrow path translates Greek epi xyrou akmes. To have (one's) teeth on edge is from late 14c., though "It is not quite clear what is the precise notion originally expressed in this phrase" [OED].


late 13c., "to give an edge to" (implied in past participle egged), from edge (n.). Meaning "to move edgeways (with the edge toward the spectator), advance slowly" is from 1620s, originally nautical. Meaning "to defeat by a narrow margin" is from 1953. The meaning "urge on, incite" (16c.) often must be a mistake for egg (v.). Related: Edged; edging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for edging


  1. An advantage: soaking up that famous New York ''edge'' (1896+)
  2. An irritated or sarcastic tone; sharp timbre: She answered with a slight edge to her voice (1908+)
Related Terms

have an edge on, have an edge on someone

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with edging
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for edging

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for edging

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with edging

Nearby words for edging